Ruth Cohn Institute

Ruth Cohn Institute India founded in 1999

After completing my four – year tenure with Karl – Kuebel  Institute (Coimbatore ), I returned to my parent Department in Mahatma Gandhi University in 1998.

By this time the University had shifted me from NSS to the Dept of Adult and Continuing Education.  (This department is now re – named all over India as the ” Department of Life-long Learning”,  which is very meaningful.)

Two things I could do from my department with my newly acquired TCI orientation.

One was to start a Diploma in TCI from my Department. Mahatma Gandhi University thus became the first University in India to offer a course in TCI.. Mahatma Gandhi University thus became the first University in India to offer a course in TCI.

There was scarcity for TCI  literature in India at that time because most of TCI literature, even today, is in German language. 

So my guru Mary Anne Kuebel took the initiative to prepare a text book for TCI, entitled  “Living Learning: A Reader in Theme Centred Interaction “.

This was possible for her to do because she is the authorized translator of Ruth Cohn’s German writings into English. Ruth Cohn’s German writings into English.

The second achievement is the founding of the organization of Ruth Cohn Institute India ( RCI India ) on 7th December 1999. This happened at the end of a three – day TCI workshop led by Mary Anne Kuebel in Mahatma Gandhi University. This happened at the end of a three – day TCI workshop led by Mary Anne Kuebel in Mahatma Gandhi University.

I put a sign-up list on the wall and wrote my name first. P K Sara (T A activist, Coimbatore ) came and signed second. The 25th member was my second daughter Priya Teresa Thomas. (She is now Associate Professor of Psychiatric Social Work in NIMHANS, Bangalore.)P K Sara (T A activist, Coimbatore ) came and signed second. The 25th member was my second daughter Priya Teresa Thomas. (She is now Associate Professor of Psychiatric Social Work in NIMHANS, Bangalore.)

As founder president of RCI – India, I led the organization from 1999 to 2007.